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3.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 5 3.21 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Narrator: Ric Jerrom Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her 18-year-old son, Edward, of the death of his father, brother, and cousins in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward is comforted by his cousin Neville Watkins, who is suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and take control of the business empire usurped 60 years before.

Handsome, charismatic, and a notorious womanizer, Edward battles his cousin, Henry Grant, for control of the family empire. Elizabeth Wyland, a young widow and a great beauty, stands by his side, and they are secretly married. She is power hungry and ambitious. But Edward also has a mistress: Jane Shaw, a constant in his life. And as Elizabeth's jealousy damages their marriage, Edward's only solace is Bess, his brilliant first born. But the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked when betrayal comes from within. Soon, catastrophe threatens to destroy the family and the business.

Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga set against the backdrop of the Edwardian era and the belle epoque, just before the First World War.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 brenda | 4/20/2011

    " didn't like it - repeated the same things over and over "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/24/2011

    " A random pick-up at the library. We shall see.
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    I actually really liked this book. Although I have to say that I love reading about turn of the century England. I am looking forward to picking up the next book in the series from the library soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/23/2010

    " As usual her writing is wonderful, to the point and not boring. Very enjoyable reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/19/2010

    " I couldn't put the book down. It was one of the best I've ever read. It really held my interest. I wish she'd write more of these kind of books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 9/20/2010

    " I listened to this book on tape while doing my gardening. It was perfect for that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nyla | 5/26/2010

    " I love romances and love historical romanced but this book was a bore. Everyone was impossibly pretty and all challanged (even those heavily foreshadowed) were solved with very little effort by the hero. It is clear the author loves her characters and that might be the root of the problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 3/31/2010

    " I enjoyed the book. I wish I had read the Ravenscar books in order or at least closer together. I couldn't tell if I had read it before or if I just recognized the characters from the later books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/3/2009

    " I enjoy generation books. This is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 12/1/2009

    " The position as head of this early 20th Century family in London is given to Edward Deravelel when he is only 17 years old. He is handsome, bright,rich, and a killer with the ladies. Characters are two dimensional and fairly predictable, but the action and the friction among them is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/14/2009

    " Great to read after "The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory. Liked the war of the roses (york vs lancaster) storyline brought into the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/13/2009

    " first of 3 in the Ravenscar Dynasty series. the main character is a womanizer yet he's still charming and u still root for him to regain control of his family's company. looking forward to the next one... the heir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/7/2009

    " I really enjoyed the Ravenscar Dynasty. Some parts were a bit repetitive, but overall the book has a fiery passion of competition and righteousness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/27/2009

    " While this is enjoyable, it is not A Woman of Substance to which I compaare all of BTB's work. This is about a man who when 18 must take over the running of the family business and actually get it back from those who stole it 60 years before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chels | 2/17/2009

    " This book was so-so, but I don't think I'd recommend it to any of my friends. A little to many "romantical encounters", if you know what I mean. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford, bestselling author, was born and raised in England where she started her writing career as a journalist. She has written numerous international bestsellers, and a dozen of her novels have made the New York Times bestsellers list, including Hold the Dream, which made the New York Times list of #1 bestsellers. Several of her books have been made into television miniseries.

About the Narrator

Ric Jerrom is an actor, writer, and—occasionally—director. He has also narrated audiobooks in genres from classics to romantic fiction to mystery and suspense, winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. He has written plays, film scripts, short stories, poetry, and journalism. He has performed in many radio plays, sundry theaters, and internationally for the Natural Theatre Company of Bath.